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Used in confectionery and to flavour medicines; liquorice root and extract are obtained from the plant Glycyrrhiza glabra; stick liquorice is the evaporated extract of the root. The plant has been grown in the Pontefract district of Yorkshire since the 16th century; hence the name Pontefract cakes for the liquorice sugar confectionery. See also glycyrrhizin.

Subjects: Cookery, Food, and Drink — Medicine and Health.

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